Title: Playing Without Rules
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Author: Rachelle Ayala
Purchase Links: Amazon
Connect With the Author: Website
Playing without rules is a quick, emotional romance that I quite thoroughly enjoyed reading! This is a second-chance romance about forgiveness and healing.
I usually have a big issue with abusive alpha males, but only because they're always cloaked and played off as romantic and sweet. That's not the case here. In this case the abuse is actually talked about and discussed in a realistic manner. There was an emphasis on recovery and healing. For that, I was appreciative. Not only that, but she address multiple types of abusive and discusses how not only men can be abusers. She pulled this heavy topic off really well without losing any of the romance and steam.
There was one part that at first I didn't particularly like...without giving too much away, let's just say that the infertile part of me wanted to punch Marcia in the face. But then I realized that what she was doing was a very realistic thing that a lot of women do. Though I still don't agree with it, I do think that it's quite a realistic thought to have.
Overall, I think that this is the most realistic romance I've read in quite some time. The characters weren't plucked off the shelf at Romance Heroes-R-Us like so many of them are. They could be you...or your next door neighbor. They're very down-to-earth and dealing with really common issues. I think that's something we don't see often enough. So, way to go, Rachelle on writing about realistically flawed people and relationships! It's refreshing to see.
Drugs and alcohol? No.
Anything else? Mentions of abuse.
*I received a free e-copy of this book in exchange for my honest review, all opinions are 100% my own.